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    Tell me if I'm nuts:-D. I have been considering getting a metal tube bender to make fenders for my Jeep, I also realized recently I need a rock bucket. No one around me has one to borrow or rent; only buy new. They are way too expensive to buy, $800 for the redline 54" is about the only one that seems decent. So I've fallen back on just making a rock bucket. I saw that one member made one by bending 1 1/8" round stock. This got me to thinking about buying a bender again, but then I got another idea...I have a tractor...with hydraulics. Could I just make an adapter that mounts to the bucket or one of the bucket mount attachments to bend metal with?

    Is this a good idea? Bad idea?

    Has anyone tried this before?

    Another idea is just use the force of the bucket to press down on the metal between some stacked 2x4s or some sort of jig? Otherwise maybe clamp a jig on the underside of the loader arm and bucket and just curl it back?

    Any other ideas? Should I just get a remote ram and use the tractor hydraulics? Might be cheaper to just get an air over hydraulic setup?

    Thanks for reading my ramblings...😁
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    Harbor Freight sells a pipe bender for $169 that would probably work better and be cheaper than anything you could make and attach to your tractor. It would be cool if you made something, but bending metal is almost always about pressure, not volume. I don't think the tractor's flow would be any advantage because a bottle jack would be far more convenient and controllable.

    I've used the loader bucket on a tractor to straighten or bend stuff, but if you're setting up to bend 20 of something and want them reasonably close to similar, that's not the road I'd go down.
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    The tractor cylinders are too small,,,
    typical benders use higher pressures than the tractor offers,,,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plug Ugly View Post
    Harbor Freight sells a pipe bender for $169 that would probably work better and be cheaper than anything you could make and attach to your tractor. It would be cool if you made something, but bending metal is almost always about pressure, not volume. I don't think the tractor's flow would be any advantage because a bottle jack would be far more convenient and controllable.

    I've used the loader bucket on a tractor to straighten or bend stuff, but if you're setting up to bend 20 of something and want them reasonably close to similar, that's not the road I'd go down.
    We live up north in the UP of Mi and we're tight on funds so I'm thinking of trying to do things for free-ish...lol if possible. We have a small TSC but that's it within 100ish miles. We buy most everything on Amazon.

    The roll back force of the bucket seems strong enough to be used to bend anything I'd want to...it picks up the entire tractor, with fluid filled tires and a landscape rack on back... that's gotta be a few tons of force?


    Quote Originally Posted by CADplans View Post
    The tractor cylinders are too small,,,
    typical benders use higher pressures than the tractor offers,,,[IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.greentractortalk.com/forums/images/smilies/1/flag_of_truce.gif[/IMG]
    Lol not trying to bend big stuff just stuff I'd otherwise bend with a torch and vise😁

    Thanks for the feedback!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rcguymike View Post
    We live up north in the UP of Mi and we're tight on funds so I'm thinking of try to do things for free-ish...lol if possible. We have a small TSC but that's it within 100ish miles. We buy most everything on Amazon.

    The roll back force of the bucket seems strong enough to be used to bend anything I'd want to...it picks up the entire tractor, with fluid filled tires and a landscape rack on back... that's gotta be a few tons of force?




    Lol not trying to bend big stuff just stuff I'd otherwise bend with a torch and vise😁

    Thanks for the feedback!

    Well I was going to suggest a torch and a vise but I suspected you have quite a few to do.
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    I've seen guys make bending fixtures for their log splitters, my be an option if you have one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    I've seen guys make bending fixtures for their log splitters, my be an option if you have one.
    I like that idea. Thanks, I had no use for a log splitter until this very moment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    I've seen guys make bending fixtures for their log splitters, my be an option if you have one.
    Went to look and was not disappointed. This one even uses a Deere GT powerplant

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=km22LKhk8EU

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herminator View Post
    Well I was going to suggest a torch and a vise but I suspected you have quite a few to do.
    If I have to I will😁, just thought this could be easier/faster...heck I could probably bend multiple at once using the bucket

    Quote Originally Posted by Kennyd View Post
    I've seen guys make bending fixtures for their log splitters, my be an option if you have one.
    Now there's an idea... would have to buy a log splitter first though...😂. I like that it could be multipurpose though.

    Quote Originally Posted by Herminator View Post
    I like that idea.[IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.greentractortalk.com/forums/images/smilies/1/good2.gif[/IMG] Thanks, I had no use for a log splitter until this very moment.[IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.greentractortalk.com/forums/images/smilies/laugh.gif[/IMG]
    Quote Originally Posted by Bubber View Post
    Went to look and was not disappointed. This one even uses a Deere GT powerplant

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=km22LKhk8EU
    Good find👍
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